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2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Saturday, 22 August 2009

August weekend in Pauillac

The ferry leaving Blaye for the short crossing to Lamarque

Down in Pauillac for your now traditional August weekend staying with friends. A chance to see how the vines are looking down here taste a few of the local wines, although we have bought a supply of Loire wines with us.

Off to Bordeaux early in the morning to Le Marché des Capucins to buy food for the weekend. Drove down along the Bordeaux quayside looking at the sweep of the river and the Place de la Bourse in the soft morning light. Le Marché des Capucins had a wonderful selection of fish, meat vegetables, cheese and butter from a block something I haven't seen for some years – all in all many delicious things.

Capucins area: The Flying Pig restaurant – open until 4am

Shop assistant pretending to be a flying fish

Display of crabs

Bordelaise de Marée

Sign above the fish shop

Campet: lamb and foie gras specialist next to fish shop

Capucins: vegetable market (above and below)

La Table de Don Quichotte: Spanish specialist stall

Customer hesitates over the choice

We bought some very good oysters from Yves Papin

Au Pétrin Moissagais, very good boulangerie

The interior of the shop with the bread oven at the far end

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